RV travel is unique. Unlike other methods of travel, which are typically endured, RV travel is enjoyed. But in order to make the most out of your first RV trip, there are some things you need to consider. Here are a few helpful suggestions:
- Plan Ahead
The freedom of RV travel is what makes it so appealing. You can make impromptu decisions, pull off the road for unplanned excursions, and make the most out of whatever comes your way. However, it’s smart to at least have a loose itinerary planned out ahead of time.
A good RV trip itinerary will include a handful of campground options with a basic travel route. (According to Allstar Coaches, RV park reservations often fill up months ahead of time.) And while you can always deviate from time to time, you want to make sure you’re moving in the same general direction of your original plan. This prevents you from getting too far off track, which can result in lots of additional travel time on your return trip.
- Choose the Right RV
The term “RV” is really a generic one. In order to make your RV experience fun and enjoyable, you need to choose the right kind for your family. There are really four common options:
- Class A Motorhome. These are the “cream of the crop” RVs. They come with everything you need – including a kitchen, bathroom, multiple sleeping quarters, eating quarters, etc. You’ll also find AC, heat, electricity, water, etc.
- Class B Motorhome. Just a step down from its bigger brother, Class A, these motorhomes are slightly smaller, get better gas mileage, and still have all of the luxury features you’d want – including a toilet and a shower in the bathroom.
- Class C Motorhome. These RVs might not have all of the same luxury finishes that other motorhomes have, but they’re cost-effective, fun to operate, and can usually sleep up to six people. You’ll see a lot of Class C vehicles out on the road during your travels.
- Travel Trailer. If there are just two of you and you own a truck or SUV with towing capabilities, you might rent a travel trailer. While you can’t ride in it when you’re on the road, it’s spacious enough to enjoy at campgrounds.
There’s no right or wrong answer – it just depends on what you’re looking for, how much you’re willing to spend, and what sort of driving experience you have.
- Pack Smart
When it comes to RV travel, there’s a fine line between packing too much and not bringing enough. In addition to standard items like clothing and toiletries, think about all of the extra items that you may need while living in the RV. This may include trash bags, kitchen utensils, grilling accessories, extra blankets, food, and water. (It’s also worth noting that you can typically purchase some of these items during your travels.)
- Practice Driving
Regardless of whether it’s a Class C motorhome or a travel trailer, most people find that an RV is bigger than the typical vehicle they’re accustomed to driving around town on a daily basis. Keep this in mind and consider getting a little practice driving immediately after picking up your vehicle. (Something as simple as driving around in a large Walmart parking lot can help you get a feel for how the RV rides.)
- Prioritize Fuel Efficiency
RVs are much more fuel-efficient than people think, but it’s a still a large percentage of the trip cost. By prioritizing fuel efficiency, you can lower costs and use more of your travel budget on fun and memorable experiences.
- Savor the Down Time
RV travel can feel slow at times – but that’s the point! Rather than feeling like you have to rush to get somewhere, savor the down time. Find contentment in the relaxing pace. You might even want to disconnect from your electronics!
Enjoy the Ride
RV travel is more than transportation – it’s an experience. By planning ahead for all of the unique aspects and intricacies, you can ensure your vacation is fun, relaxing, and memorable. Everything might not go perfectly as planned, but roll with the punches and embrace the opportunities you have to try new things.